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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Other)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Mommsen, Syme, the Nobel Prize, and Octavian Augustus

In common consciousness, the names Mommsen and Syme do not occupy a permanent place. However, they are certainly worth remembering, and in the case of an enthusiast of ancient Roman history, they must even be well known. What do these two characters have in common?

Project of church in Colosseum

Colosseum is considered proof of the power and engineering genius of the ancient Romans. On the other hand, thousands of animals and people died in the arena of this monstrous building. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the amphitheatre stone was used as building blocks for other structures in the city.

Scenery from movie “Cleopatra”

The film “Cleopatra”, shot in 1963 by Joseph Mankiewicz, is the most profitable film about the Queen of Egypt. The film was shot in practice for three years and the budget was as high as 44 million USD.

Moralia – collection of Plutarch’s texts

Plutarch of Chaeronea (c. 50 – c. 125 CE) is a Greek historian whose most famous work is the collection of lives of famous figures of the ancient world – the so-called Parallel Lives. His other speeches and contents, collected under the name of Moralia, have also survived to our times.

Amazing exhibition showing Roman legion

An amazing exhibition showing the full Roman legion, made by Mules of Marius. The exhibition was in September 2015 at the Historisches Museum Regensburg (Germany). In total, there were 5400 legionary models on the board, with 300 different poses and 200 different shield designs. The entire project was created for over five years.

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